Thursday, February 16, 2006

Let a thousand blogs bloom

Chairman Mao, in one of his rare moments of clarity, said: "Let a hundred flowers bloom: let a hundred schools of thought contend."

Rosemary Righter thinks that the Chinese government should treat blogs in the same way:

Wen Jiabao, the Prime Minister, has argued on “efficiency” grounds that “independent” thinking must be encouraged. He has recognised that a society of “yes” men cannot develop the innovative edge that drives the knowledge economy. But neither man dares risk the party’s neck. They understand Lenin’s dictum that knowledge is power, but not that it is slipping from their grasp, as Marx and Mao and Deng Xiaoping make way for King Blog.

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